Most of us look for peanuts when we are told to eat more nuts. Peanut is a legume which grows underground. It is a good source of plant protein and has many health benefits.
The skin of the peanut has a lot of antioxidants and is high in fiber. It is said that eating peanuts, especially with the skin can prevent us from getting cancer, a stroke and heart disease. I know of persons who buy just the skin of the peanut and use it to make a tea or for juicing. I spoke to one gentleman who said he drinks the tea on a regular basis because it is good for his heart.
The high fiber content will also help with weight control and also to reduce blood glucose level. It is believed that eating a small quantity of peanut or even the peanut butter, can control your blood glucose for most of the day. I can testify to this and say that in my situation, this is a fact. Whenever I eat peanut or peanut butter, my glucose readings are guaranteed to be normal or near normal for most of the day.
I had an issue with my fasting glucose level and the doctor kept increasing my medication. I hated this, but I wanted to be healthy and at the time, I felt this was the right thing to do. Yes, I took the medication, desperately hanging on to life, wanting to live and fearing being blind.
One night, I was hungry and the only thing that caught my attention, after a scanning the contents of my refrigerator, was a jar of peanut butter. I had some with a few crackers and I was sure my readings would be through the roof the following morning. Much to my surprise, my reading was about 2 points less than the day before. I took note and I started to do some research and yes, some experiment as well.
Let me jump ahead to what happens now. For the most parts, I ensure that I have peanuts and peanut butter at home in my refrigerator. I can be seen at nights consuming a teaspoon or two of peanut with a cup of green tea without sugar before going to bed.
My readings in the morning. Let’s just say that this morning, June 17, 2016, my blood glucose reading was 5.5 (99). We could compare this with months ago when I had readings of 15 (270) and I would get out of bed feeling tired. I do not count my peanuts, I use a tiny container for measurement. This is about one tablespoon full.
In the paragraph above, I mentioned that I would eat no more than 2 teaspoons of peanut butter or 15 seeds. I always left amazed at how full I feel. If I know I am going into a long meeting, I have either peanut butter or some peanuts. It is important to note that whenever you are eating foods that could lower your blood glucose and you are on medication, you should speak to your doctor and test yourselves so that you will know how to adjust your medication. Failure to do this could result in your blood glucose dropping below 4 and you could easily fall into a coma.
For me, peanut, especially peanut butter is my “go to food’ to lower my blood glucose readings, especially the fasting reading, and at the same time give me a “belly full.” Once you are feeling full, you will consume less, your weight will be maintained and you are less likely to experience a spike in your blood glucose level.
It is easy to walk around with some peanuts and or peanut butter, so I take them with me in tiny containers. This is a part of my meal planning routine to ensure I eat right for the day. I know I have been writing about unprocessed foods and peanut butter is processed. For this reason, I try to buy the crunchy one with less sugar. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, so I can take a chance with peanut butter. The results have been good. The key though is always moderation.
Help for the Kidneys
Peanuts have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. These two are important for persons with Chronic Kidney Disease. A phytochemical called Resveratrol is responsible for the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties in peanuts. Resveratrol is also found in red wine, which is also said to be good for some illnesses.
MODERATION AND DO YOUR RESEARCH PLEASE.
Again, it is important that you understand my position. I was diagnosed with diabetes and hated taking the drugs, for fear of the horrible side-effects, if I take them for an extended period of time. I did some studies on using food to heal the body and I am but an experiment in my laboratory called my home. I am not a medical doctor and so I am only sharing my experiences. I am sharing how a lifestyle change has continued to have a significant effect on my life. I am using this forum to help you to learn about what you can do to make that change and do so effectively without all the guessing I did in the early days of my experiment.
It is what your ancestors did before you started eating fat foods and other highly processed foods. It is what your ancestors did before motor cars came into existence. Make the move. Eat mostly plant-based foods, limit your animal protein intake and exercise moderately most days of the week. Rake the yard, clean the car and the house. Be active and eat to live.
Some Other Reasons to Eat Peanuts and Peanut Butter
- Help to lower blood pressure due to its’ potassium content
- Prevents stroke and cardiovascular issues, again, due to the potassium found in peanuts
- Contains a nice portion of healthy fats which is especially good for persons who are insulin resistance
- Can prevent gallstones
- The Niacin found in peanut and peanut butter will help with memory issues, including Alzheimers
- Lowers the risk of women getting colon cancer
- It contains enough Zinc to help build muscles if eaten on a regular basis
- Also helps the digestive system and our skin, thanks to the Niacin content
- It is a good source of plant Protein
I know, you have been waiting to share with us your decision to eat peanut and peanut butter because of everything you just learned. I am happy you made that choice because I cannot fathom how you would refuse after learning the above.
It is evident that we need to embrace more plant-based foods, such as peanuts and even a bit of peanut butter will not hurt. The benefits are far-reaching and this is yet another step on our journey to use foods to heal our bodies. It is yet another step to be diabetic free.
Everything we need to be healthy was provided for us in the way of plants and animals and I encourage you to continue the research and make the move to be diabetic free and healthy.